Friday, April 10, 2015

The Incarnate LORD's Jealousy

Deuteronomy 6:13-15 English Standard Version (ESV)

13 It is the Lord your God you shall fear. Him you shall serve and by his name you shall swear. 14 You shall not go after other gods, the gods of the peoples who are around you— 15 for the Lord your God in your midst is a jealous God—lest the anger of the Lord your God be kindled against you, and he destroy you from off the face of the earth.

One of the most misunderstood attributes of the Lord is his jealousy. People attack this attribute as unworthy of the Lord. But they fail to see that the jealousy of the Lord points to his deep love for his people.

The relationship between the Lord and his people is like a marriage. Jealousy is a product of love that wants what is best for the other and desires fellowship and intimacy.

The jealousy of the Lord is invariably mentioned in contexts of idolatry. When his people join themselves to idols, and seek from those idols what ought to be sought only in the Lord, then his jealousy is aroused.

Part of our loyalty to our divine Husband is that Jesus Christ, who paid the bride price through his sacrifice on the cross, is our sole Husband and sole Teacher. He instructs us in the way, and in fact, Jesus is the way. If we gather to ourselves other teachers, this brings our Lord's jealousy and grieves the Spirit. He alone has the right to teach us. All other teaching must be judged against His.

I am afraid this is a truth not many professing Christians have learned. We need to learn it, because the Lord incarnate is still a jealous God.

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